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  • Question

    How to select a good web host?

    Posted June 29, 2014 - 11:08 pm

    What should be looked for (or avoided) when choosing a web hosting service for a SMB? Any tips?
  • White Paper

    A Smarter IT Strategy Starts Here

    Posted June 25, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    The key trends affecting our current (and near-future) state of technology are mobility, consumer technology, cloud services, hyperdigitization, and globalization. But what could this mean for your business?
  • The PSTN transition to VoIP: Going green

    Posted June 24, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    We've discussed some of the advantages of transitioning the PSTN to IP, but there we haven't yet covered the environmental implications of the pending transition. At their annual partner conference Perspectives14, GENBAND hosted a discussion which addressed the power costs behind the PSTN, pointing out the benefits an IP transition.
  • Leveraging Microsoft Azure as your disaster recovery/failover data center

    Posted June 23, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    Using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to replicate VMs to Azure.
  • 3 steps for moving Cisco's Catalyst 6500 to the Nexus 9000

    Posted June 23, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Cisco is anxious for data center switching customers to move to its new line and is recommending how.
  • White Paper

    Datacenter with energy, temperature and density under control

    Posted June 23, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    Access this resource to discover a case study of a leading internet content and service provider that was able to optimize their data center by deploying Dell 12G servers with Intel® Xeon® processors to help manage dense server architecture
  • White Paper

    PowerEdge M1000e Blade Chassis

    Posted June 23, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    The Dell PowerEdge M1000e Modular Blade Enclosure is built from the ground up to combat data center sprawl and IT complexity and delivers one of the most flexible and manageable blade server implementations on the market.
  • White Paper

    Dell PowerEdge C8000 Series

    Posted June 23, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    Constantly changing workloads demand the right mix of resources, with the maximum performance per unit of rack space. The Dell PowerEdge C8000 with Intel® Xeon® processors is the first and only 4U shared infrastructure
  • White Paper

    Fast, Secure Apps for Remote Engineers

    Posted June 23, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    Freescale Semiconductor, a global semiconductor manufacturer with 17,000 employees, needed to provide secure, "in the office" application performance for its globally distributed engineers.
  • White Paper

    What's New with Dell 12th Generation Servers?

    Posted June 23, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    The Dell PowerEdge 12th generation server portfolio can span effectively from the edge of your network to the core of your datacenter and address a myriad of needs from small businesses to large enterprises.
  • Webcast

    IBM Storwize - Reinventing Storage Efficiency!

    Posted June 22, 2014 - 11:30 pm

    Watch this webcast to hear how you can maximize the economics of your data center by modifying your storage footprint and power usage using Flash Storage.
  • White Paper

    Comparing Salesforce.com SalesCloud on Mobile Devices--Choose Your Device Carefully

    Posted June 20, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Consulting firm Prowess tested Salesforce.com* Sales Cloud* on three mobile devices, the Intel® Core™ processor-powered Dell* Venue* 11 Pro, the Samsung* Galaxy Note* 10.1, and the Apple* iPad Air*. Which device was the best?
  • White Paper

    Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances

    Posted June 20, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Enterprise backup is among the oldest, most-performed tasks for IT professionals. Gartner provides analysis and evaluation of the leading providers that offer a range of traditional to innovative recovery capabilities.
  • Does HP have a development pipeline or a pipe dream?

    Posted June 19, 2014 - 11:26 am

    HP claims that its light-based, next-generation Machine will do everything except scrub the kitchen sink. But given HP's recent innovation track record, why should we believe any of it?
  • Webcast

    The Key to Happiness: Throw out Your Data Warehouse

    Posted June 19, 2014 - 10:00 am

    In this webinar, Kerry Reitnauer, Director, Solution Architect at FairPoint Communications will discuss the challenges the data warehouse brought, how they migrated to the virtual warehouse solution and more.
  • Question

    What is SDN (software defined networking)?

    Posted June 18, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    Can anyone point me towards a good explanation of SDN?
  • Facebook announces its open data-center switch

    Posted June 18, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    Facebook has taken networking into its own hands, building a switch to link servers inside its data centers, and wants to make the platform available to others.
  • Unisys phasing out decades-old mainframe processor for x86 chips

    Posted June 17, 2014 - 10:21 am

    Unisys is shifting to Intel's Xeon chips for its flagship servers.
  • Diagnosing high disk utilization in MySQL

    Posted June 16, 2014 - 10:30 am

    MySQL is a powerful and performant database engine that often suffers from performance issues due to misconfiguration. Obvious culprits for bottlenecks are available memory and CPU resources but disk I/O can be a common problem as well.
  • White Paper

    Dell PowerEdge VRTX and Windows Server 2012: 7 Benefits of Remote Offices and SMBs

    Posted June 13, 2014 - 11:01 am

    Limited IT staff and office space makes a simple, efficient and versatile infrastructure a must at small and midsize businesses and remote offices. Here's a look at how these organizations can get the compute power they need
  • White Paper

    Don't ignore Windows Server 2003 End of Support until it' too late!

    Posted June 13, 2014 - 11:00 am

    Today's business environments are very different to those of 10 years ago. Windows Server 2003 has been a trusted friend for over a decade, but there are better ways to deliver against today's business expectations and technical possibilities.
  • White Paper

    Cloud Optimize Your Business with Windows Server 2012R2

    Posted June 13, 2014 - 11:00 am

    The rapidly changing world of information technology (IT) has transformed how we do business, rendering many traditional management approaches and methodologies obsolete.
  • White Paper

    Upgrade keys to a Successful OS Migration

    Posted June 13, 2014 - 11:00 am

    April 8, 2014 marked the end of support for Windows XP, so the time is now to develop an OS migration strategy. Check out this infographic highlighting the Keys to an OS upgrade and learn more about the technology and resources available.
  • White Paper

    Ultimate Tech Challenge -- OS Migration

    Posted June 13, 2014 - 11:00 am

    Operating system migrations can present a handful of situational complexities. We asked industry professionals to tell us about their real-world solutions for challenges they've faced during Windows OS migrations.
  • HP places its data center bet on 'the machine'

    Posted June 13, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Many industry leaders over the years have developed technology to drive data center innovation. However, CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle writes that HP's Machine concept -- which treats the data center as an appliance -- looks to redesign the data center from the ground up.
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